Region K Bocce

What is Bocce?

Bocce is an ancient sport invented during the Roman Empire. The game combines the skills of bowling with the accuracy of darts. Players try to get their Bocce balls closer to the pallina (target ball) than their opponents. Individuals can participate in Bocce as a traditional single player or as part of traditional doubles or team. Unified Bocce is available in doubles and team formats. Unified sports combine a Special Olympics athlete with a non-disabled peer as partners or on teams for competition.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in Bocce compete locally at a region qualifying event. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state championship held at the Summer Games held in Normal in June.

Bocce Events Offered in Illinois


  • Singles competition
  • Doubles competition
  • Team competition


  • Doubles competition
  • Team competition

Competition Information

Athletes will be participating in singles, doubles, or team games. Each game will follow the rules and regulations for the sport as outlined in the Special Olympics Illinois policies.

Athletes will be able to leave after their division is complete and awards have been issued.

Facility Information

We will have courts set up outside. Fans and spectators are welcome.

Event Information

Registration will be from 9 AM – 9:45 AM.
Opening Ceremonies will start at 10 AM.
Competition will start following Opening Ceremonies about 10:10 AM.
Competition will be over by 2 PM.
Awards to follow.


Please check back closer to the event to register as a volunteer.


Athletes and coaches should bring their own chairs, or blankets to sit on as seating is not provided.


Awards will be issued after competition is complete at the awards area.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.


2023 Fall Bocce Results

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information.


Oct 19 2023


9:00 am - 3:00 pm




Marion Soccer Field
1606 S Carbon St, Marion, IL 62922


Trebor Mann
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